The Huarango Tree an ancient tree with a short future

In the area known as Ica which is just south of Peru there is a small grove of Huarango trees an endangered species that has been around for thousands of years.  The grove of trees is located at the edge of the city of Ica along the many sand dunes that dominate the environment.  This tree has been used for thousands of years by inhabitants of the desert supplying them with food and timber but in recent times these trees are becoming more scarce due to over cultivation by the local people.

The Huarango tree has existed in this area of south America since before the Hispanic civilisations.  Later explorers from Spain noted down these vast areas of Huarango forests in notes that were taken during the voyages.  Today Environmentalists have expressed great concern over what is left of this fragile yet important tree.  There are only remnants of these ancient trees left and they are being threatened by local villagers who cut down the trees use as charcoal when cooking.

Even with the authorities enforcing the bans on cutting down the trees in this area many villagers ignore the bans and continue to cut down the Huarango trees.  Villagers work at night using handsaws to avoid detection and move the wood using donkeys to be sold at various market places.

These trees have been in the firing line for centuries with a long history of deforestation of the Huarango to the point where there is only about i percent of the original remaining.  This species of tree is important to the region as it is one of the only species of tree that has adapted well to the desert ecosystem in this area.  The Huarango tree has adapted to the desert conditions by its ability to capture moisture from the sea to the west and also access subterranean water using a very long tap root.

The remaining tracts of Huarango trees and there preservation has become part of a British study that has investigated the effects of ancient civilizations that cleared large areas of the Huarango tree to create the Nazca lines and areas for cropping.  The study was able to show that clearing of these large areas of trees had cause significant environmental problems in the areas such as high winds, erosion and also flooding.

Saving the Huarango tree is going to be an uphill battle with many impoverished villages taking their chances cutting down these trees so that they can earn a living.

Arequipa Peru

Southern Peru is home to an area called the Arequipa Region which has a large population of just under one million and has the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa located within its boundaries.  Arequipa is the capital of this region that is located in the Andes mountains with the city  approximately 2,400 meters above sea level.  Even at this high elevation the city of Arequipa is overlooked by the snow capped volcano El Misti.  This volcano stands just over 5,900 meters above sea level and provides a beautiful backdrop to this region.

The city of Arequipa has a long history with Spanish influences which are still evident through the many buildings that have been preserved throughout the city.  The city is also known locally as the white city due to the number of buildings that were constructed using the locally mined pearl white volcanic rock which was in abundance in this area.  The buildings that have been around since the Spanish settled in this area have also been protected under a World Heritage listing in recognition mostly for the local architecture.

The city of Arequipa has also been influenced many other countries as this city was and still is a hub for transport and imports of goods to southern Peru.  Arequipa trades mostly with the countries that are directly around the south of Peru including Brazil and Chile.

Travellers to Arequipa will be greeted by a vibrant city with much to see and do.  The city area is easy to get around on foot with most of the historic buildings located within the city with an easy short walk between them.  Many tourist come the Arequipa to check out the architecture such as the Plaza de Armas in the middle of town which is surrounded by white buildings all made from the local white volcanic stone.  While visiting Arequipa it is worth a trip to the Museum which showcases the history of the area and has some interesting displays which includes frozen sacrificial victims found by locals on the neighbouring volcanoes.  Visitors to this area of Peru can also shop at the local markets for a wide range of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables to the perfect souvenir for your trip to Peru.

Other things to consider when visiting Arequipa is that accommodation is available for all budgets and if you are interested in the history and the architecture of this city then plan to give yourself a few days in this location so that you don’t have to miss out on anything that Arequipa has to offer.

Mancora Peru

The north west area of Peru is home to the Talara province where many tourists both from Peru and internationally go to enjoy the year round temperate climate and the beautiful beaches.  The main town located in this region is the beach side Mancora which is where many tourists base themselves while visiting this area of Peru.

Mancora is very much as beach and tourist town with over 30 separate beach resorts and a large proportion of restaurants and night clubs located in this town.  This area is popular with tourists from all over the world and the beach areas and resorts are very accessible due to the influx of tourist dollars providing very efficient public transport and roads.

Many people that visit Mancora immediately fall in love with the beaches that are beautiful all year round.  The location of Mancora on the South Pacific American coast gives this area sunny warm weather all year.  The warm weather also provides the area with an abundance of marine life as well as rich flora and fauna which is located around the beaches and the resorts.

Many tourists come to Mancora to experience the great surfing beaches that are mostly an easy stroll from the many beach resorts.  This area has great breaks and is suitable for all levels of surfing ability.  Windsurfing is also popular on the beaches as the conditions are suitable for beginners through to the more experienced.

Mancora is a great place for both families and couples to holiday as there are a large variety of holiday packages and activities available.  Many of the resorts specialise in holidays for newlyweds as well as couples who are looking for a romantic beach holiday.  The large beach areas that a rarely crowded are also perfect for parents who are looking for some relaxing time away from the kids.  The resorts have a huge range of activities available such as tennis, golf and water sports such as snorkelling, surfing and windsurfing.

The area of Mancora is a relaxed beach front town that is the perfect place to start or end a holiday in Peru.  From Mancora other cities and tourist area are quite easy to get to by plane or using the local public transport.

Lake Titicaca

A visit to the beautiful waters of Lake Titicaca will defiantly provide you with an unforgettable experience.  This unusual lake is situated at quite a high altitude, almost 4000 meters above sea level and is located between Peru and Bolivia.  The lake also holds the record as the highest commercially navigated lake in the world and is the biggest lake in the area of South America.

Many thousands of tourist come each year to see and experience Lake Titicaca as part of their holidays to both Peru and Bolivia.  The lake is quite large covering an area of approximately 8.5 km2 and is also visible from space.  The natural feature of the lake has been described as composing two large basin areas that are connected by a narrow straight through the middle.  The water that ends up in Lake Titicaca is from melted glacier ice, rainfall and from the five large rivers that feed into the lake system.  The lake also features more than 30 islands that are dotted in various locations around the lake area.

Tourist that take the time to visit and follow some of the history of this area will learn that Lake Titicaca was a very sacred place for the ancient civilisation of the Incas.  It has been said that the first Inca King was born near the lake and that Lake Titicaca was where the world was created.  Studies of Inca mythology have concluded that Incas believed that Viracocha the Inca god stepped from the waters of the lake and created the sun, the moon and the stars and also the first people.

Visitors to the Lake Titicaca should base themselves in the town of Puno which is located on the banks of the lake on the Peru side.  The town of Puno is said to be a beautiful place to visit with many tales of folklore originating in this town.  The town is also close to other attractions in Peru including Macchu Picchu and the beautiful town of Cusco.

Tours around the lake offer some great photo opportunities of this area as well as provide access to the many islands that are dotted around the lake.  The best way to see all the island and the many ruins that they hide is to join one of the many tours that leave daily from Puno.  Many of the islands have hidden ruins dating back to the Incas which you may miss if you decide to visit these places without a tour.  Lake Titicaca is defiantly worth a visit if you are planning to holiday in Peru or Bolivia and remember to take your camera.

Nazca and Huacachina Peru

The small town of Huacachina is a beautiful little town that is located next to a natural oasis on the outer fringes of the desert.  The area is surrounded by great sand dunes which are part of the appeal for tourists that visit this area.  The town of Huacachina was built around the oasis in the 1920s and was very popular with people who travelled from all over the world to soak in the oasis waters which were rumoured to have health and medicinal properties.  Today the town of Huacachina is still popular with tourists but some of the areas that were built during the boom time for the area have started to look fairly neglected.  This area still attracts people who wish to experience the oasis but many people now visit and stay at Huacachina to experience some of the adrenaline activities and as a stepping stone to other nearby attractions such as the Nazca lines.

The town of Huacachina is located quite close to other areas that are popular with tourists such as Cuzco, Arequipa and Nazca.  There are also quite a few activities to participate in while staying in this oasis town.  Dune buggy rides are a popular activity with many tourist operators offering the opportunity to ride up and around the huge dunes that are present around the township.  The area also hosts sand surfing competitions with tourists able to hire sand boarding gear to try the sport for themselves.

As well as the activities in the town of Huacachina this area is also a great place to base yourself if you are planning on seeing the Nazca lines.  The town of Nazca and the famous Nazca lines and desert pictures are located quite close to the oasis town which makes it easy for day trippers to experience the mystery of the Nazca.

The Nazca lines and pictures were thought to have been created in the time that the Nazca Indians inhabited this area.  The lines and shapes would have taken some time to complete due to their size and detail.  There are many theories about why these lines and pictures were created but no one is quite sure why they were done.  The best way to see the lines and the pictures is to charter a plane or organise a flight through the many tourist companies that are located in Nazca.  The flight over these ancient and mysterious lines and pictures is well worth the money you will pay.

The Huarango Tree an ancient tree with a short future

In the area known as Ica which is just south of Peru there is a small grove of Huarango trees an endangered species that has been around for thousands of years.  The grove of trees is located at the edge of the city of Ica along the many sand dunes that dominate the environment.  This tree has been used for thousands of years by inhabitants of the desert supplying them with food and timber but in recent times these trees are becoming more scarce due to over cultivation by the local people.

The Huarango tree has existed in this area of south America since before the Hispanic civilisations.  Later explorers from Spain noted down these vast areas of Huarango forests in notes that were taken during the voyages.  Today Environmentalists have expressed great concern over what is left of this fragile yet important tree.  There are only remnants of these ancient trees left and they are being threatened by local villagers who cut down the trees use as charcoal when cooking.

Even with the authorities enforcing the bans on cutting down the trees in this area many villagers ignore the bans and continue to cut down the Huarango trees.  Villagers work at night using handsaws to avoid detection and move the wood using donkeys to be sold at various market places.

These trees have been in the firing line for centuries with a long history of deforestation of the Huarango to the point where there is only about i percent of the original remaining.  This species of tree is important to the region as it is one of the only species of tree that has adapted well to the desert ecosystem in this area.  The Huarango tree has adapted to the desert conditions by its ability to capture moisture from the sea to the west and also access subterranean water using a very long tap root.

The remaining tracts of Huarango trees and there preservation has become part of a British study that has investigated the effects of ancient civilizations that cleared large areas of the Huarango tree to create the Nazca lines and areas for cropping.  The study was able to show that clearing of these large areas of trees had cause significant environmental problems in the areas such as high winds, erosion and also flooding.

Saving the Huarango tree is going to be an uphill battle with many impoverished villages taking their chances cutting down these trees so that they can earn a living.

Arequipa Peru

Southern Peru is home to an area called the Arequipa Region which has a large population of just under one million and has the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa located within its boundaries.  Arequipa is the capital of this region that is located in the Andes mountains with the city  approximately 2,400 meters above sea level.  Even at this high elevation the city of Arequipa is overlooked by the snow capped volcano El Misti.  This volcano stands just over 5,900 meters above sea level and provides a beautiful backdrop to this region.

The city of Arequipa has a long history with Spanish influences which are still evident through the many buildings that have been preserved throughout the city.  The city is also known locally as the white city due to the number of buildings that were constructed using the locally mined pearl white volcanic rock which was in abundance in this area.  The buildings that have been around since the Spanish settled in this area have also been protected under a World Heritage listing in recognition mostly for the local architecture.

The city of Arequipa has also been influenced many other countries as this city was and still is a hub for transport and imports of goods to southern Peru.  Arequipa trades mostly with the countries that are directly around the south of Peru including Brazil and Chile.

Travellers to Arequipa will be greeted by a vibrant city with much to see and do.  The city area is easy to get around on foot with most of the historic buildings located within the city with an easy short walk between them.  Many tourist come the Arequipa to check out the architecture such as the Plaza de Armas in the middle of town which is surrounded by white buildings all made from the local white volcanic stone.  While visiting Arequipa it is worth a trip to the Museum which showcases the history of the area and has some interesting displays which includes frozen sacrificial victims found by locals on the neighbouring volcanoes.  Visitors to this area of Peru can also shop at the local markets for a wide range of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables to the perfect souvenir for your trip to Peru.

Other things to consider when visiting Arequipa is that accommodation is available for all budgets and if you are interested in the history and the architecture of this city then plan to give yourself a few days in this location so that you don’t have to miss out on anything that Arequipa has to offer.

Mancora Peru

The north west area of Peru is home to the Talara province where many tourists both from Peru and internationally go to enjoy the year round temperate climate and the beautiful beaches.  The main town located in this region is the beach side Mancora which is where many tourists base themselves while visiting this area of Peru.

Mancora is very much as beach and tourist town with over 30 separate beach resorts and a large proportion of restaurants and night clubs located in this town.  This area is popular with tourists from all over the world and the beach areas and resorts are very accessible due to the influx of tourist dollars providing very efficient public transport and roads.

Many people that visit Mancora immediately fall in love with the beaches that are beautiful all year round.  The location of Mancora on the South Pacific American coast gives this area sunny warm weather all year.  The warm weather also provides the area with an abundance of marine life as well as rich flora and fauna which is located around the beaches and the resorts.

Many tourists come to Mancora to experience the great surfing beaches that are mostly an easy stroll from the many beach resorts.  This area has great breaks and is suitable for all levels of surfing ability.  Windsurfing is also popular on the beaches as the conditions are suitable for beginners through to the more experienced.

Mancora is a great place for both families and couples to holiday as there are a large variety of holiday packages and activities available.  Many of the resorts specialise in holidays for newlyweds as well as couples who are looking for a romantic beach holiday.  The large beach areas that a rarely crowded are also perfect for parents who are looking for some relaxing time away from the kids.  The resorts have a huge range of activities available such as tennis, golf and water sports such as snorkelling, surfing and windsurfing.

The area of Mancora is a relaxed beach front town that is the perfect place to start or end a holiday in Peru.  From Mancora other cities and tourist area are quite easy to get to by plane or using the local public transport.

Lake Titicaca

A visit to the beautiful waters of Lake Titicaca will defiantly provide you with an unforgettable experience.  This unusual lake is situated at quite a high altitude, almost 4000 meters above sea level and is located between Peru and Bolivia.  The lake also holds the record as the highest commercially navigated lake in the world and is the biggest lake in the area of South America.

Many thousands of tourist come each year to see and experience Lake Titicaca as part of their holidays to both Peru and Bolivia.  The lake is quite large covering an area of approximately 8.5 km2 and is also visible from space.  The natural feature of the lake has been described as composing two large basin areas that are connected by a narrow straight through the middle.  The water that ends up in Lake Titicaca is from melted glacier ice, rainfall and from the five large rivers that feed into the lake system.  The lake also features more than 30 islands that are dotted in various locations around the lake area.

Tourist that take the time to visit and follow some of the history of this area will learn that Lake Titicaca was a very sacred place for the ancient civilisation of the Incas.  It has been said that the first Inca King was born near the lake and that Lake Titicaca was where the world was created.  Studies of Inca mythology have concluded that Incas believed that Viracocha the Inca god stepped from the waters of the lake and created the sun, the moon and the stars and also the first people.

Visitors to the Lake Titicaca should base themselves in the town of Puno which is located on the banks of the lake on the Peru side.  The town of Puno is said to be a beautiful place to visit with many tales of folklore originating in this town.  The town is also close to other attractions in Peru including Macchu Picchu and the beautiful town of Cusco.

Tours around the lake offer some great photo opportunities of this area as well as provide access to the many islands that are dotted around the lake.  The best way to see all the island and the many ruins that they hide is to join one of the many tours that leave daily from Puno.  Many of the islands have hidden ruins dating back to the Incas which you may miss if you decide to visit these places without a tour.  Lake Titicaca is defiantly worth a visit if you are planning to holiday in Peru or Bolivia and remember to take your camera.

Nazca and Huacachina Peru

The small town of Huacachina is a beautiful little town that is located next to a natural oasis on the outer fringes of the desert.  The area is surrounded by great sand dunes which are part of the appeal for tourists that visit this area.  The town of Huacachina was built around the oasis in the 1920s and was very popular with people who travelled from all over the world to soak in the oasis waters which were rumoured to have health and medicinal properties.  Today the town of Huacachina is still popular with tourists but some of the areas that were built during the boom time for the area have started to look fairly neglected.  This area still attracts people who wish to experience the oasis but many people now visit and stay at Huacachina to experience some of the adrenaline activities and as a stepping stone to other nearby attractions such as the Nazca lines.

The town of Huacachina is located quite close to other areas that are popular with tourists such as Cuzco, Arequipa and Nazca.  There are also quite a few activities to participate in while staying in this oasis town.  Dune buggy rides are a popular activity with many tourist operators offering the opportunity to ride up and around the huge dunes that are present around the township.  The area also hosts sand surfing competitions with tourists able to hire sand boarding gear to try the sport for themselves.

As well as the activities in the town of Huacachina this area is also a great place to base yourself if you are planning on seeing the Nazca lines.  The town of Nazca and the famous Nazca lines and desert pictures are located quite close to the oasis town which makes it easy for day trippers to experience the mystery of the Nazca.

The Nazca lines and pictures were thought to have been created in the time that the Nazca Indians inhabited this area.  The lines and shapes would have taken some time to complete due to their size and detail.  There are many theories about why these lines and pictures were created but no one is quite sure why they were done.  The best way to see the lines and the pictures is to charter a plane or organise a flight through the many tourist companies that are located in Nazca.  The flight over these ancient and mysterious lines and pictures is well worth the money you will pay.

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